Sioux Falls Regional Airport closing main runways for construction
Construction is nearly complete at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, but it is closing two main runways in August to cap the project.
Sioux Falls Regional Airport runways will be closed August 17-20 and August 24-27. The weekends of September 7-10 and September 14-17 have been planned for construction if crews cannot work due to inclement weather.
Airport Executive Director Dan Letellier said in a news release the concrete on its two main runways is 30 years old. Letellier said they simply must be replaced in order to maintain reliable and safe operation.
Letellier also said airlines and travelers have been flexible in changing their travel plans to accommodate the necessary closure. He said it's an once-in-a-lifetime repair job, and now is the time.
Sioux Falls Regional Airport has been making improvements for the past three years. It was part of a 2006 planning effort. Letellier said so far a new ticketing area, expanded and automated parking, better, safer street access and traffic patterns, two new restaurants and a bigger gift shop have already been having a positive impact on travel in and out of Sioux Falls.
"We've set records every month this year," Letellier said. "And the comments from the traveling public have been extremely supportive.
When the runways are completed most of Sioux Falls Regional Airport's major facility upgrades will also be finished. However, Letellier said there will be an exception for the parking lot. He said the airport is hitting new heights and the parking area will again need to be expanded.
A ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening ceremony for Sioux Falls Regional Airport is scheduled for September 14.